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Reminiscences of Shipshewana July 18-19

Reminiscences of Shipshewana will be Friday, July 18 12:30 to 5 p.m. and Saturday, July 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Reminiscences of Shipshewana is a day set aside to celebrate the memories of Shipshewana and its area, when it was a logging town back in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Visitors will also see one of the largest old trade demonstrations of the early 1900s in this area.

Visitors will see a log being cut on an old sawmill that is powered by steam engine. The cut timber will then be cut into shingles that can be used for roofing. Or watch carpenters take the timber and hand-build a mortise and tenon joint, which would be pegged together as a joint to be a part of a framed building. There will also be a blacksmith hot forging steel into a shape of a nail or hinge that were used on framed buildings.

There will also be a wheel wright demonstrating how to build a wagon wheel with old hand tools.

A coppersmith will be on hand to demonstrate hand crafting a copper cup or kettle that was used in every home. A weaver will be spinning and weaving wool that was sheared off a sheep and then crated into a blanket. Watch how a table runner is made on a hand loom or a wood carver carving a wood spoon.

The sounds of the old gas engines plowing a field will bring back memories of the old days. There will be displays of old hand tools, farm equipment and Oil Pull tractors.

Bring children and grandchildren to share the stories of the past.

Murlyn Myers, ancestor of the first settlers of Scott, will share the history of the little village of Scott.

Jerry Hostetler, third generation Shipshewana business owner, will share stories of Shipshewana.

This 3rd annual event will take place around the one room Farver School and the community park. Food provided by Shipshe View School.

There will be a haystack meal 4 – 8 p.m.